First Semester and Continuing Freshmen Advisement

First Semester and Continuing Freshmen Advisement

Welcome, Bloodhounds!

We are so happy to have you at John Jay and hope that your first semester of college is proving to be a productive and enjoyable one!  Please take some time to review the content and resources below...


Preparing for Advisement

As a freshman, advisement is mandatory!  Your advisor will reach out to you to schedule a virtual small group advisement session where you will discuss your current courses, career goals, experiential learning opportunities, and future course selection.

- All communication from your Academic Advisor will be sent to your John Jay Email!

- It will be important that you know How to Access Your Degree Audit prior to your appointment.

- One of the first things that your advisor will review is this Major Explorer (log in using your CUNY First username and password).  Take it prior to your appointment - it's quick and easy and will give you some great insight into the intersection between majors at John Jay and potential careers.

- Explore major options and requirements on the Major Advisement & Resources page.  Feeling overwhelmed by your options?  Start by visiting our How to Choose a Major page which breaks down all of John Jay's majors into five categories.

- Interested in exploring beyond your major?  Take a look at the various Minors and Certificate Programs that are available at John Jay.

 - Take a moment for some Successful Academic Planning by reflecting on your values, interests, goals and strengths.

- Come to your appointment ready to discuss your completed Two Semester Plan.


Course Registration Resources

Course enrollment for winter and spring begins in November and summer and fall in April.  In order to have the widest selection of courses to choose from, it is best to start preparing early!

- Need a refresher when it comes to enrolling in courses?  Check out our Essential Advisement and Registration Online Tools, this step by step guide to Registration on CUNY First, and How to Access Your Degree Audit and Unofficial Transcript.

-View the College Bulletin to review general education requirements, major and minor requirements, read course descriptions, and become familiar with academic policies.

- Scored the perfect schedule?  View it on CUNY First.

- Keep track of important deadlines each semester by viewing the Academic Calendar.


Making the Most of your Time at John Jay

What you do outside of the classroom is just as important as what you do inside of it.  Learn more about the various fun and interesting ways that you can gain valuable real-world experience, explore a hobby or interest, and make important connections!

- Become familiar with John Jay's Center for Career and Professional Development and the various events and workshops that this office provides.

- It's never too early to start thinking about the ways you can gain real world experience and develop your skill set!  Experiential Learning Opportunities, such as internships and on-campus leadership roles, can do just that.

- Connect with students who share similar interests and passions by joining a Student Organization.


First Year Support

You're never alone at John Jay, even while we operate remotely!  Interested in tutoring for your math course?  Have questions about writing a paper in MLA format?  Need to speak with someone about your financial aid?  There is an office that can help with all these things and more!

- Take advantage of programming and events designed specifically for first year students!

- Connect with offices at John Jay - Resources & Support for First Year Students.

- We understand, online learning is different and can come with its own unique set of challenges!  Check out the following tips for online learning success part one and part two.